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Captivator Gooseberry


Captivator is a North American variety bred at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa from a cross of Ribes hirtellum (American) and Ribes uva-crispa (European) gooseberries. It was first introduced in 1949.

It is a strong growing variety ripening early to mid-summer. Moderately vigorous and less spiny than some other varieties. The berries start off as pale green but as they mature they turn to a deep burgundy red colour.

When pink they are excellent for cooking and when fully ripe they can be eaten from the bush. The taste when fresh is a little tart, but the addition of some honey makes a very pleasant snack.

Approx 1.5m height by 1.5m width

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